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Veterans’ Day: when do we stop this ride and get off? November 11, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Let’s remember the people who fought bravely and well, the people who volunteered to put their lives on the line to protect others, the people who are often horribly underserved back in the US and have earned much better support, career services, and healthcare than they’re getting.

Let’s also remember things like “the US military just bombed a hospital” and “that’s not the only terrible thing we’ve done, but we should be able to pause the list right there and skip straight to the war-crimes trials.”

And while I’m here, the latest statistics on the violence closer to home:

People killed by police, 2015. 1025 and counting.

Known mass shootings in 2015. 325 and counting.

Or, to put it another way: “We’ve averaged exactly one mass shooting per day since the start of the year.

(People often cite mass shootings as a white-man thing, and given the amount of racist violence in this country it’s a reasonable guess, but the data show that it’s mostly just a man thing. “If you look at the whole list [of mass shooters], it turns out that whites and blacks are pretty proportionate to their population, very close. […] Latinos are almost nowhere to be seen. Asians continue to be heavily overrepresented.”)

I’ll give Neil deGrasse Tyson the last word: “3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001 3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago.


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